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Charley Junior's School Days


Published 1949


Charley junior is told about his future schooldays by a celestial nursemaid. post war education system. Education Act of 1944. new schools.


Run time 8 Minutes 45 Seconds
Production Company Halas & Batchelor
Sponsor Central Office of Information for Ministry of Education
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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Public Information Films

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Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2012
Subject: Post War Socialist Utopia
What appears to be a 19 week gestational age baby emerges from the external os and thank goodness a nursemaid was in the uterus to prevent the impending premature birth. That was a close one.

The rest of the film concentrates on the newly developed education system for Britain which actually isn't fundamentally bad (wow....vocational training for 12 year olds so that sexually active 18 yr olds already have marketable job skills to support themselves in the wake of their (sometimes unpredictable) social activities). But then we see how socialism is all about beauracracies and expensive planning etc which of course costs lots of money and there is no local input regarding what goes on in those schools. It is accurate to presume that everything else in Britain got the same treatment once Atlee got his hands on things. It's important to note though, that in this case, Britain is coming out of two world wars and an intervening depression - wars fought on their own soil by the way, all inside of 35 years. The place was definitely in a tatters.

So 60 years later, after failed attempts to emerge from deep socialism we have a completely powerless Great Britain which is barely a shadow of its former self, with perenially high unemployment, high taxes, expensive living for almost anyone, and a bunch of shrug offs of the third world now running things like they own the place - which they can because the indigenous population is now only concerned with handouts, and somebody has to run the place. One wonders if it was those "free" dinners at school that made the idea so inviting.

A very well done film except that it IS aimed at skeptical adults but nonetheless addresses them like children...a practice that sounds eerily familiar.
Reviewer: rene2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2009
Subject: compliment
very nice
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2008
Subject: Wow
Beautifully animated short about a baby wondering what life and Britain will be like when he comes down to earth (he's in heaven until the time comes). The nurse just glows about how wonderful wonderful is. With the plush animation, it's hard not to be sucked in and believe everything here. A fun cartoon!
Reviewer: Visual16 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2007
Subject: Silly cartoon
Vaguely reminds me of those Pink Floyd anthems, like "We don't need no education" or "Whatever happened to the post-war dream" etc. The film itself is PAL (24 frames a second) So at least with my home software made a not so nice looking DVD in NTSC (30 frames)- animation is jittery and angular lines become pixelated. A little contrast and color saturation helps a lot!
As far as content goes, quite interesting as Britain rebuilds from the war. Look at all the things baby has to look forward to! Every last detail of these new schools is so very carefully managed and planned out. In truth, rivals "Industry on Parade" (Prelinger) for the weirdest things a person can watch on their TV set. LOL Stream it first to see if you can handle it....
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